Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

In today’s challenging economy, many small businesses are struggling just to “keep up”.  All too often, the daily list of “Things to Do” seems to just keep growing and growing, and can become daunting and tedious before too long, resulting in the focus being taken away from actually growing the business.  In recent years, many businesses are turning toward hiring a virtual assistant to provide administrative support on an as-needed or even a more consistent basis.

In recent years, many businesses are turning toward hiring a virtual assistant to provide administrative support on an as-needed or even a more consistent basis.

Virtual assistants are not new and have continued to evolve over the last several decades.  What was once thought of as an impossible situation, the internet era and technology have made it easier for companies to communicate and handle important daily functions remotely.  Small businesses are recognizing the benefits of cutting unnecessary overhead expenses of a brick and mortar office and full-time employees.  Outsourcing important daily functions that would normally be handled in house by a full-time employee to a virtual administrative assistant can have a significant and positive impact on a company’s ability to survive this recession.

The hiring of a remote office assistant/staff is not for everyone and can have its challenges.  The most common hurdle that the owner faces is the challenge of communication.  Business owners who hire a virtual assistant must be willing to give up full control of their business and processes and be comfortable with communicating online.  The second obstacle to overcome is trust.  Some employers are rightfully concerned about being taken advantage of by a virtual assistant by charging for hours that they are not actually working.  Most executives would agree that communication and building a relationship is key and the cost savings far outweigh the negatives.

To read more interesting facts and the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant check out the article in Bloomberg Businessweek by clicking here.

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